Boston Bench Giving Teams a Major Playoff Headache

May 23rd, 2010 by Ezra Damm Leave a reply »
The secret is finally out: Boston is really good.

Yes, anytime that a team has three high scoring All-Stars, the best defensive strategist in the world of NBA assistant coaches, and the most exciting, red-hot young point guard in the league, guess what happens? They're probably going to beat you.

But don't forget one other lesson many teams doomed to an early playoff exit have learned over the past few weeks. To go deep into the playoffs, you need solid contributions on both ends of the floor from the guys that don't get to surround mid-court every night for the opening tip.

Just ask Phoenix. The Suns' bench play from Jared Dudley, Channing Frye, Goran Dragic, and Leandro Barbosa has been crucial in the teams rise to Western Conference prominence in these playoffs. Unfortunately, you could also ask them how to beat the Lakers and all you would get for a response is Alvin Gentry scratching his head, exhuding an aura of hopeless confusion and  mumbling "black mamba, black mamba" like someone who should be in Ward C of Shutter Island prison.

The only squad that can contend with a Boston team thats clicking this well& ...

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